NY Charter Schools 2012 Reunion

 

A recent reunion of the New York Charter Schools brought together people for all over the United States, and also several who have settled abroad. It was a splendid three day event where people from so many different avenues of life came together to bond once again.

New York

The first day was the Grand Opening of the event where there was a Meet and Greet held at one of the Charter Schools’ convention hall.

The second day was a scavenger hunt through the Big Apple that made the ex-students fall in love with what was once their home. For the ones still living in New York, it was an event that led to new discoveries.

The final and the third day had two events. First there was the brunch and then in the evening was the Grand Gala where the ex-students mingled one last time before parting and celebrated their reunion into the wee hours of the night, talking, dancing, and smiling away.

Each of the three days was organized and planned by three ex-students who volunteered. Neither of the three currently lives in New York, but the love for their schools, and the love for their city, as well as their zeal and enthusiasm, led them to volunteer for the tasks. They organized task forces and collaborated with other ex-students to gather as much help as they could. They further also collaborated with each other and used unconventional ways to organize these three days without once physically meeting each other.

The team, now known as the “Three Musketeers” arrived just the evening before the reunion started and we welcomed them and had just a short time to interview them. We interviewed them to understand how they managed to pull off such a mammoth event in order to document it for the current and future students of NY Charter Schools.

But, now it is being shared here so that others can also be encouraged and motivated by their deeds. For privacy reasons, their names and places of employment have been omitted from the interview summaries.

Read further to learn a little bit about these “Three Musketeers” in the summaries of the interviews taken of them.


A Diva that Welcomed Them Back

 

The first day was organized by an ex-student (who we are calling Ms. X here) who graduated 15 years ago and left New York five years after that. She has been married for 7 years now and had a beautiful family with her husband and son. They live in Pleasanton, California. She is a working mother at a high post.


She is an advocate of saving the environment and works all day with compactors. Ms. X shuffles between her personal and professional life, juggling the two very carefully and with finesse. We learnt in the interview that she is the Super Woman sorts. She gets up 4 in the morning and works out, before making breakfast and packed lunch for her, her husband and her son. Then she drops off her son at his school before driving to her own work. She leads a team of 30 people that report to her at work, and is also involved as the head of the CSR activities.

On returning home, she makes dinner and helps her son with her school work. She is also involved in the PTA and coaches softball.

It was her idea that to hold weekly web-cam conferences with the other two volunteers to make sure that the communication is efficient and the physical non-presence is somewhat cut off.

She designed the invites, took care of the mailing list, and designed the pamphlet that had information on the three days. She also took care of the decoration that blew everyone’s mind. She collected pictures from yearbooks, and personal photographs from ex-students that she arranged all around the walls in the convention hall for the first day.

Imagine how meticulous and organized Ms. X had to be to pull this off. No wonder she the Super Woman.

 

The Scavenger Who Sent All on a Chase

 

Mr. Y (the name is just for this interview) is the youngest of the “Three Musketeers” and the most outgoing it seems. He lives in the Phoenix area and moved their after high school. His love for New York and loyalty to his school kept him connected to all his friends and classmates for the last ten years.

He is single and loves to mingle in his free time. He keeps well connected with his family and also tries to organize family reunions and family trips a few times during the year. He loves his job and used cars Phoenix dealerships are all trying to snatch him away for themselves. He is great at his job and his people skills came in handy while he arranged the scavenger hunt for the second day.

His name is what his does helped him score cars that the local dealerships sponsored for the scavenger hunt. How he managed to convince them is beyond any imagination. He was the one who arranged for the majority of funds via sponsorships and donations. He put together a business plan to send to different prospective sponsors with details of the events and their contribution designation. This blueprint business plan was unique and creative and worked wonders. He also made the instruction video for the scavenger hunt that was sent to all the participants’ phones.

He is the modest and hard working kind who does not like the fame and glory and the well deserved credit for his efforts.

 

The CEO who Doesn’t Believe in Goodbyes

 

The third day was organized by a woman (Ms. Z for our purpose here) who graduated high school 20 years ago. She married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Singapore where she did her MBA after she finished her undergrad. They are both CEOs for different companies in Singapore.

Ms. Z runs a company that specializes in designing one meticulous partner portal after the other. Her leadership has done wonders for her company as well as the reunion. Not being in the country, she was able to organize the last day’s brunch and the Gala. She has built a great network over the last few years and has connections everywhere that come to her rescue she says.

Her theme for the last day was to never say goodbye. She doesn’t believe in goodbye, but says that it should all be, “till we meet again.” It was her vision to make sure that the last day was celebrated and no one got said, but instead took away memories they will cherish for years.